By Representative Mike Yantachka As the final installment of my legislative reports this year, I thought it would be good to highlight some of the important work the Legislature did over the two years of the biennium. Water quality In 2015 legislation was passed that will help prevent agricultural runoff from farms, roads and other impervious…
Between my first and second years as State Rep, I was talking with Lambert Lussier, proprietor of Spear Street Mowers. He was telling me about a bill that Rep. Martha Heath had introduced a couple of years before that would have helped small equipment dealers like himself to obtain fair reimbursement for warranty work they had to perform under contract with their product distributors.
Every session seems to have its own highly controversial issue—end of life, vaccines, gun control. This year it’s marijuana legalization.
The past two weeks saw the introduction of all the money bills the House has constitutional responsibility for developing. These include the budget, the miscellaneous tax bill, the fee bill, the transportation bill, the education funding bill and the capital construction bill. Taken together, they constitute the plan for all the state spending in the next fiscal year from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017 (FY17) and the means to implement the laws and policies enacted by the Legislature.
Once again the Doyle Poll proved to be popular at Town Meeting, with 213 voters taking the time to fill out the survey. Here are the results for your consideration.
Since I moved to Vermont 38 years ago, I’ve attended every town meeting, eight in Shelburne and the rest in Charlotte, except for one during the year I spent in Germany.
Last year the Vermont House passed a bill, H.187, to require Vermont employers to provide a minimum number of paid sick days to their employees. However, the Senate did not act on the bill before the session ended in May.
Vermont legislation discusses animal control with guest speaker, Taegan Yardley.
Vermont has become a leader in renewable energy, getting 40 percent of our electricity from renewables like wind, solar, hydro and biomass, which includes wood and methane from landfills and biodigestors.
Amid the formal ceremony in the chamber of the House, where the members of the Senate sat in their special seats near the podium, distinguished guests sat in additional chairs in the center of the well of the House, and other special guests sat among the members of the House and in the balcony, Governor Shumlin gave the last state of the State address of his six year tenure.